Waiting on God

November 16, 2017 by Dr. Jack Graham

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

John 11:1-6

One day, the great preacher Phillips Brooks was pacing back and forth in his study. He was particularly agitated and anxious that day and someone said to him, “Dr. Brooks, what’s wrong?”

“It’s what’s always wrong,” he said. “I’m in a hurry and God isn’t!”

So often our culture tells us to want things and want them now! But sometimes God delays his response and you can be left wondering, “Where is God?”

In the story above, Lazarus died and was brought back to life by Jesus. And looking at that in hindsight, it’s easy to have faith because we know today how the story ends. But I’ll bet for a while Mary and Martha had that exact same question: “Where is God?”

But don’t be deceived. Just because God may delay a response doesn’t mean that he’s not there! God cares deeply for you and about your problems. He will absolutely come through… but it will be in his own timing. Mary and Martha were praying for Lazarus to be healed, but Jesus had an even bigger miracle he wanted to do. He wanted to raise him from the dead!

So make your prayer, “God, while I want you to do ________, help me to trust in your perfect timing.” When you begin to pray in that way, you’ll open yourself to seeing God truly work miraculously in your life!


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